Stitches East (Reported Closed)

(212) 421-0112

55 E 52ND St, New York, NY | Directions   10055

40.758809 -73.973944

 
Yarn Stores, Crafts & Hobbies, Hobby Shops  more

More Categories: Needlework Stores

Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown

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Reviews for Stitches East

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

does anybody know? need quick help – Hi, I'm visiting in Manhattan and leaving next week.

Does anybody know where to direct me for buying cross stitches fabrices in Manhatten?

Thanks

Shiri

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Stitches is CLOSED! – I went over to Stitches East today to pick up some sock yarn and to my dismay the store is no more. There is a Museum store in it's place. Please be aware that the store isn't at the 52nd E. Location anymore. It's unfortunate because it was a great store with helpful staff, centrally located.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

It's a nice store. – Wow. I'm not sure what most of the reviewers are talking about. I've been to Stitches East several times. I've always found a nice selection of yarn. The staff is eager to help, or allows you to browse if you prefer. The staff who have helped me are really knowledgeable about the product and stock. They've put stock to the side for me and held it for my return - how nice is that? They'll work through alternatives for you. They've knitted swatches for me on the spot. The store is knit-focused. There's often someone around who is knowledgeable about crochet. They have some lovely needlepoint canvases. Their prices are not what you'd find at JoAnn's Fabric Warehouse or Michael's Crafts, but it's the upper east side of Manhattan - what do you expect?

I can't imagine how anyone can say the store is hard to find. It's on 52 Street off Fifth Avenue. How is that hard to find?

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Beautiful Yarns and Helpful Staff – Stitches East has a great selection of beautiful and different yarns. I have always found the staff very helpful. I read some of these other reviews and find it difficult to believe it is the same shop. Something has obviously changed. I have been going to Stitches East for the past 6 months - it is a favorite of mine. I highly recommend it.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Hard to find and not worth searching – I expected something upscale in terms of quality, price, customer service and a large selection, as their yellow pages ad declares that it is a "complete knit and needlepoint shop." The prices and small collection of products are certainly upscale, as well as the very traditional pieces hanging on display like one of those not-quite-fashionable bridal boutiques in a small town. If you are a scarf knitter that wants to see glitzy yarn and see a few well-organized books and don't mind paying premium, this would do. If you are edgy and want many options and require textile/pattern inspiration, I would go to School Yarn or Seaport. To be fair, you *can* sit at Stitches' table with the lady knitting something and ignoring you and browse the store-copy magazines (i'm not sure if any were for sale) for ideas, too. Ignoring the customers is ok at somewhere like Seaport yarns, where not only does their vast selection speak for itself, when you *do* want help, the two women I've met are very helpful and suggest many alternatives if they do not have exactly that product. At this store, the selection and prices are not good enough to excuse that behavior. And just to top off my experience, where they didn't carry thread I was looking for, I bought two plastic overpriced accessories so I could leave with SOMETHING, and when my exact change for the coin portion was ONE PENNY short, the lady still insisted on the full penny and I had a huge pocket full of change. OK, it's technically right, and it's ok they didn't have my tapestry thread, but that's just weird. Seaport would never do that. I think this place is ok for people that don't mind a small selection and slowly knit small projects. For me, I like the down-and-dirty places with knitting people that want to talk shop! Knitpicks online is also very good if some of you reviewers have had it with the NYC yarn stores. Luxurious material, almost no knots, great prices, patterns not so good there.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Nice, small shop in Midtown – This shop is near my office and is my go-to LYS when I want to pick up some yarn on the spur-of-the-moment or meet up with friends for some lunchtime or afterwork knitting. There's a nice selection, and I've always found the staff to be friendly and helpful. The store is located on the ground floor of an office building, just off a lovely atrium where one can sit, have coffee, and knit away.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Hard to find, but nice enough – I've only been there once and the staff seemed nice. I told the woman what I was looking for and she recommended something to me that worked out very nicely. My biggest con with the store is that there are NO PRICES on anything!!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

Big Changes at Stitches Easst – Staffing must have changed since earlier negative reviews, since I found the staff to be both gracious and helpful, as well as knowledgeable about knitting.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

I Have To Agree... – I have been here a few times, as this is the most convenient location to my work. I don't bother anymore, because the staff is terribly rude. They are unhelpful, and often treat me as if I don't have the first clue what I am doing. They seem very annoyed when I have to ask them a question about a product. One time, they even strung me along for several months, telling me they would be getting in a yarn that I need. They never did get it, and when I expressed my annoyance they told me I shouldn't have bothered waiting around. Go to The Yarn Co. instead. They at least help their customers.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Expensive and Rude – I've shopped there several times, and they ARE rude! They seem irritated if you look around. It's expensive, too.

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